February 25, 2018, 7:48 am
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Lady Tams vow to rebound vs Lady Bulldogs

FAR Eastern U hopes to duplicate its Final Four escape against Adamson when it battles National U tomorrow in Game Two of their Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals at The Arena in San Juan.

But to reprise their come-from-behind win over the erstwhile undefeated Lady Falcons, the Lady Tams must buck the odds, ride the pressure and minimize their miscues, particularly in the stretch.

FEU coach George Pascua rued his wards’ errors late in the match that led to their 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 24-26 defeat to the powerhouse Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday night.

Down two sets to one and trailing 15-21 in the fourth frame, the Lady Tamaraws mounted a stirring fightback, drawing level twice down the stretch, the last on a Celine Domingo kill that saved match point.

But they faltered on a service error by Heather Guino-o and a mishit by Domingo in the next play, enabling the Lady Bulldogs to clinch the victory and move a win away from completing a sweep of the crown in the season-ending conference organized by Sports Vision.

“That crucial point which led to a service error should have been ours. I guess it’s the mindset. We collapsed in the end,” said Pascua, also noting that they had 35 errors in their 25-22, 26-28, 27-29, 22-25 defeat to the Lady Bulldogs in the group stage of the tournament backed by Mikasa and Asics.

The Morayta-based spikers committed 27 miscues, four more than the Lady Bulldogs, with two coming at endgame that ruined their comeback bid.

Despite the Game 1 loss, Pascua remained satisfied with his wards’ performance, especially in the absence of their veteran leader and ace scorer Bernadeth Pons, who had to focus on her UAAP beach volleyball stint together with libero Kyla Atienza.

Without their team captain, the likes of Czarina Carandang, Toni Basas and Jeanette Villareal stepped up. Pascua hopes the Lady Tamaraws will emerge a better team from their recent defeat and duplicate their feat against the Lady Falcons in the semis.

FEU also dropped the Final Four opener against the then-undefeated Adamson but swept the next two to the chagrin of the Lady Falcons to arrange a title showdown with the Lady Bulldogs.

“I am satisfied because they gave their best. It’s just that they succumbed in the end. It will only make us strong in Games 2 and 3. It also happened to us in the best-of-three before. So I told them we should learn from that,” said Pascua.
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